OAKLAND -- Warriors center Andrew Bogut simply couldn't take being limited anymore. So on Thursday the decision was made to shut him down for a period of time the team hopes will be only seven to 10 days.
"I feel like I'm a liability out there," said Bogut, who initially broke his left ankle in January while playing for the Milwaukee Bucks. "I can't rebound, I can't move the way I like to move."
Bogut will not play Friday night at the Los Angeles Lakers. He will be out for Saturday's game against visiting Denver and Wednesday's home game against Atlanta. Bogut also could miss the ensuing three-game road trip to Minnesota, Oklahoma City and Dallas.
Rookie center Festus Ezeli will start in his place.
Golden State coach Mark Jackson said it wasn't a setback, that the Warriors simply were giving Bogut time to strengthen his ankle. He said even when Bogut gets back, he still will be limited. Will seven to 10 days be enough?
"I would hope that's it," Jackson said. "But like everything else, it's going to be wait and see. This is a process. Ultimately we're going to stay true to the process, listening to his body and make decisions based on that. ...
"He doesn't feel like he's 100 percent. He's clearly not. He's going to experience some pain as part of the process, and he's not going to be the Andrew Bogut we know and appreciate right away. And it's frustrating at times."
Bogut said he might have come back too early, trying to "be
Bogut said in hindsight, he should have waited until his ankle was completely healed. He's still having to deal with some pain and soreness. He's also dealing with occasional swelling, which he said is a sign that something is wrong and an area "I probably haven't managed as well."
But the biggest thing for Bogut is what he can't do on the court. He said he can't push off his left ankle, which impacts his rebounding, his ability to block shots and dive for loose balls. He just doesn't have the confidence in his wheel, and he doesn't like how he is playing.
"I just don't feel like I can get that explosiveness off my ankle that I'd like," he said. "I don't want it to be a situation where I'm taking away from my teammates who are probably playing better than me at the moment."
Bogut said he, the doctors and athletic trainers concluded that his ankle wouldn't get better as long as he was playing. During this shutdown, he said he will undergo "rigorous" strength training on the ankle.
He said when he comes back, he wants to be able to move around with confidence and push off. He said he wants to be strong enough to play more than 20 minutes, which has been his limit the first week of the season.
That could take five days or it could take three weeks. One certainty: A different course of action was needed.
"It's tough," Bogut said. "Even off the floor because it just weighs on my mind. I know a lot of people are expecting me to be what I'm supposed to be. It hasn't come to that yet. It's going to take me a while to come to the top of my game."